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You don’t have to listen hard to hear the housing boom occurring in Portland, OR. Growth and development echo through the Columbia River Valley, bounding off hundreds of new rooftops — symbols of rebirth and renewal for Phoenix Excavating, Vancouver, WA.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Consumers Energy Company, Michigan’s largest utility provider, plans to spend $150 million this year to expand and upgrade its natural gas system that includes 28,000 miles of distribution and transmission pipelines serving 1.7 gas million customers throughout the state.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Improvements in equipment continue to expand capabilities, experience and project owner recognition of the benefits of horizontal directional drilling.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Tulsa Rig Iron has added to its product line a hydrostatic test pump package designed specifically to fill and pressure up new and repaired pipelines for integrity testing before they are put into service.

Randy Happel, Contributing Editor

Given the remarkable capabilities of trenchless technology, crossing a body of water known as the Little River in Massachusetts using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) doesn’t seem like it would be all that difficult.

Summing up the largest diameter pipe burst performed by his company to date, John Newell, general manager of No-Dig Tec of Dallas, quipped, “It was just a walk in the park.”

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Global Asset Management Engineering Consultants (GAME) has introduced to North American pipeline assessment technology that provides pipe wall thickness plus three dimensional and closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspections of water mains in diameters from four to 12 inches.

As if running a 30-inch diameter, 1,000-foot pipeline 40 feet under a river wasn't enough of a challenge, the crew also had to deal with sharp elevation changes for the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation under the White River in Indianapolis, IN.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Advances in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technologies and techniques are making it possible to make longer pilot bores and to install increasingly larger diameter product.

Mike Hogan

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies.

This month’s story features Mike Hogan, president of Duke’s Root Control. He has been a dedicated NASSCO member since 1988, working tirelessly for the trenchless industry. He served for many years on NASSCO’S Board of Directors, and as NASSCO’s President in 2002. He has also served on the Board of Directors for NASTT, has chaired a variety of NASSCO Committees (including scholarships and awards, as well as industry standards) and was inducted into NASSCO’s Sanitary Sewer Sleuth Society in 2009. This is the third installment in a series of articles exploring the history of NASSCO through the eyes of industry leaders:

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